Natural na sa tuwing bakasyon ang pamamasyal sa kung saan-saan sa Pilipinas, by land, by plane or by boat (minsan lakad).
Ang kapansin pansin sa atin lalo na kung travel by roads ay ang traffic.
Marami na ang mga sasakyan from about 7 million 4-wheeled vehicles in 2013, it has grown by about 44% in 2015. On the other hand, the about 4 million motorcycles in 2013 has increased by 57% in 2015. Sa pagtatravel by road, kapuna puna rin ang mga motorsiklo na hindi alam kung saan ang dapat nilang linya. Sa Road Safety Report ng WHO from 2013 to 2015, tinatayang 53% of the estimated 10,000 traffic road deaths ay motorcycle riders.
Makikita mo talaga na bigla na lang susulpot ang mga nagmomotorsikly, they will hog the line na para sa mga 4 wheels, sisingit, minsan pa pag di makakalusot ay titiklupin ang iyong side mirror. Kahit na nasa fast lane sila, di sila aalis sa kanilang mabagal na pagpapatakbo. At sila pa ang matatapang.
May kaibigan ako na habang nagmamaneho ng kanyang sasakyan, bigla may motorsiklo ang umislide sa daan at sumuksok sa kanyang sasakyan. Ang tapang nung driver ng motorsiklo at nagreklamong ang kaibigan ko ang may kasalanan. Ang ending ay ipinagamot ng kaibigan ko ang driver ng motorsiklo kahit na di siya ang may kasalanan.
Sa isang pagbisita sa Shenzhen in Guandong Province, China I am treated to the history of progress in that city. From a small market town of 30,000 people it was promoted in 1979 as a Prefecture (sub province) at sa 2015 ay may 18 million na ang population.
We were told that one of the industries in Shenzhen is motorcycle manufacturing. They have lots of factories like Zhuzhou Motorcycle Co., Shenzhen South Star, Sinomach at iba pa who are coming out with a lot of models, sizes and engine displacement.
Tinanong ko ang guide namin, “Tell me Sir, you produce thousands of motorcycles a year and yet I do not see any motorcycles on the road.”
He replied, “Before the ‘90s we were into motorcycles, which caused accidents and unnecessary problems on the road. It has also contributed to lack of discipline of our people in a way that a driver of the motorcycle has the tendency to cut traffic, weaving on the road, speeding and becomes hot headed. It also posed serious problems in the environment. The government after a lot of studies and consultations decided to ban the use of motorcycles, particularly the 2-stroke type in major cities and road networks. See how efficient our traffic management now.”
I inquired, “Then why are you still producing a lot of motorcycles when you do not use them?”
He smiled and casually replied, “We sell them to countries like your country. You have 100 Million population, half of that is the market size.”
And we inherit the problems he mentioned about motorcycles.
“Speeding motorcycle, won’t you change me?. Speeding motorcycle of my heart. Speeding motorcycle; always changing me. Speeding motorcycle, don’t you drive recklessly.” – Daniel Johnson